Pleasant Hill Quilters – The Secret Codes of the Underground Railroad
March 11, 2017, 10:30 a.m.
First Christian Church
AAUW Tyler Branch is pleased to bring the Pleasant Quilters to Tyler for a program on March 11, 2017 at First Christian Church. Program starts at 10:30 and includes lunch. Cost per person is $12.00. Please complete a registration form and mail it, along with payment, no later than March 7th.
The women of the Pleasant Hill Quilting Group are dedicated to preservation of the art of quilt making. They have combined their talents with history to present a dynamic presentation of the Underground Railroad Quilt Code. They also use their skills to raise funds for worthy causes including the restoration and preservation of the Pleasant Hill Center, A Historical Rosenwald School.
During the early years of the Nation, the Underground Railroad was created and was a successful effort to aid African Americans in the South to escape the drudgery of slavery. Their mission was to secretly transport slaves to Canada where slavery was outlawed. Because the Canadian border was so far from the southern plantations and slave owners effort to capture and return the escapees, travel turned out to be a hazardous undertaking.
Secret codes and signals were developed to guide the travelers through the hazards. One was the use of bed quilts presumably hung out for cleaning. Each patch of the quilt represented a signal to guide the escapees.
Join us on March 11th to learn about these secret codes and the art of quilt making. Quilts are available for sale at the event. (Cash or check only).